Picnic Table Plans

Written by Jeremy Horelick
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There are several different picnic table plans that correspond with the styles you see in parks and other public dining venues. Many people identify the octagonal banquet table as the classic picnic table. To them, a picnic just isn't a picnic unless a family is seated around its eight-sided bench, unpacking peanut-butter and jelly sandwiches, potato chips, and red apples.

To others, the folding bench table or straight picnic table is just as much an icon of the great American pastime. These are the bench-style tables you frequently find at summer camps where they're lined with youngsters hurling food at one another or comparing the bags of chips and desserts their parents have packed for them. Then there are hexagonal tables, which are also perfect for family outings. They comfortably seat six (or more) and allow everyone to look lovingly upon all their other family members.

Choosing Your Picnic Table Plans

The first thing to ask yourself when building your table is what kind of look or vibe are you aiming for in your yard? Once you've settled on a scheme, all that remains to be done is to pick out the lumber, stock up on joints and fasteners, buy your stain, varnish, or other finish, and get hammering. Of course, this is much easier to do if you know exactly what to buy and how to proceed.

As with all successful woodworking projects, building a picnic table is a question of dedication, ability, and common sense. No one would honestly expect to create an architecturally sound and visually pleasing table without a firm set of plans in their hands. And without the proper woodworking equipment, even the best-laid picnic table plans (of mice or men) can go astray.


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